The Silent Witness Of Creation (Stonehenge, Salisbury)

Sunday September 1, 2019

By: Gilda Pineda Dionela “Stonehenge” is located on the Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England. Brilliant minds and ordinary visitors from all over the world are fascinated by the astounding, gigantic stone monuments that take us back in time to around 5,000 years. The evolutionary model states that Stonehenge was the last edifice built during the Neolithic period, which is between the Stone Age (3.2 million years up to 2000BCE) and the Bronze Age. The first time I visited Stonehenge, I didn’t even know what those stones were! It looked as though enormous rocks had been scattered everywhere. Huge trilithon (two large stones set upright and horizontal slabs, called ‘lintel’, that formed archways) mesmerized me. Altogether, there are more than 90 stones remaining on the site, some erected on a circular layout and others broken and lying on THE SILENT WITNESS OF CREATION (STONEHENGE, SALISBURY) the ground. My gratitude for the work done by many scientists about Stonehenge, from the 17th Century archaeologist, John Aubrey, to modern day Mike Parker Pearson and his team, for having explained that these are not merely scattered stones. Those stones were originally arranged as an outer circle of upright ‘Sarsens’ with curved lintel stones. Then, the ‘Bluestone’ circle was arranged within the Sarsen circle. Next, there were Sarsens in a horseshoe shape, which were composed of five massive trilithons. Today only three are still standing. The average weight of these massive trilithon sarsen stones average 20 tonnes; the biggest weigh around 40 tonnes and rise to 20 feet. The bluestones weigh around 1 to 3 tonnes. Scientific studies give many theories as to why Stonehenge was built. These include: for healing purposes; as a cemetery; to study the movement of the Sun and Moon; and as a place for celebrations...... Read more on Full Issue!

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